WESTFIELD, NJ--The following Hurricane Sandy recovery update was issued via Westfield's town website, www.westfieldnj.gov, today:

The Town’s recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy continue. The Town is currently conducting a one-time town wide curbside cleanup of storm related organic debris, such branches and twigs, simultaneous with the collection of leaves. All hands are “on deck” as crews work 6 days a week on both sides of Town, rain or shine.  To further expedite efforts, the Town has leased additional heavy equipment that increases collection and transportation capacity.

In order for our crews to systematically clear all the debris from the 380 municipal roadways, they are working in the same patterned sequence as in leaf collection.  A map of the Leaf Collection Zones is available on the Town’s website, leaf collection zones. Zones 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 have been completed.  Crews have a small area in the vicinity of Maye St. and Maple St. in Zone 4 to complete and will then move to Zone 5.  The crews working in Zone 10 are in the area of Landsdowne Ave. and the Boulevard and Ayliffe Ave. and the Boulevard. 10. The time it is taking to pick up the debris is evidence of the sheer magnitude of the task at hand - there is a massive volume of debris.

Please remember that this clean up is for organic debris such as loose branches and twigs. Due to the limitations of the town’s equipment and means of disposal, it does not include entire trees or tree trunks from private property. It remains the responsibility of private property owners to arrange for the disposal of trees from their own properties.